1985 SR5 4X4 Regular cab
1990 5 Lug Reg cab
2002 Ford Ranger XLT 4X4 Super Cab
2013 Tacoma DCSB Prerunner
Here is a little history of my rigs, sorry for the length, but I like to tell my stories. Kinda a modified repost from my post in "my first new vehicle" thread...
My first rig was an '85 SR5 4x4 reg cab short bed, yup, strait axle and EFI. It was an awesome truck and never let me down. I did a full rebuild of the engine with a slight bore enlargement. Did a custom cat back w/ magnaflow
, custom stereo, custom built front bumper, and a nice 31x10.50 on 15x8 set up. Then I moved to the desert where it struggled to pull the 75+ freeway speeds up any hill with out revin the piss outta her, and I had taken out the A/C system. I would bake in the summer!
So I got a '90 5 lug, reg. cab, short bed w/ 22RE. Put on an CAI, LCE header, and had a custom built cat back w/ magnaflow, and tint. Did up a nice stereo in that one too. That thing was so clean! It was the dark metallic grey. I kept her stock as far as suspension and tires cause it was just a DD street truck and toy transporter. It ripped pretty good and was fun to drive. Not to mention the awesome mpgs. I would tear those fart pipe ricers up! Not the built ones, just the ones that would slap a 3" fart cannon on a clapped out civic and thought they were fast. It was kinda a mild sleeper, lookin' all stock. The only downfall to my '90 was that it didn't have A/C either! Bone head maneuver getting that one, but I was blinded by its cleanliness. I loved that truck but ended up wanting to go back to 4X4 and the need of A/C in the summer. So I looked for a nice 01-04 Taco...
All the ones I found that I liked were a bit outta my price range, with toyota's amazing ability to keep their value lol. So I settled for a clean '02 Ranger XLT 4X4 Super Cab. I figured, hey, this thing is cheaper, has a 4.0 V6, and the extra cab doors open! How could I go wrong... uh, I left Toyota.
Don't get me wrong I loved that truck too, but it wasn't a Toyota. I ended up doin' a CAI, throttle body spacer, custom Magnaflow cat back, and going with a 15x8 31x10.50 combo. Did a torsion bar crank to level it out, threw on some pro-comp shocks, and had my buddy build a nice aluminum front bumper for it. No one made a decent bumper that I liked for Rangers. Plus custom is cooler. I drove the wheels off that truck, but was always wishing I woulda stayed with yotas. Well she started to head south on me, was costing a lot just to keep her going. Seemed like I was always having to fix or replace something, and thinking, I never had to do this when I drove Yotas. I mean, all rigs have their problems, but some of the crap that would go wrong on my Ranger was just weird, stuff that wouldnt happen on a Yota. So I was pondering the idea of getting rid of her.
Well the last straw was I had a new clutch put in, mostly due to the famous ranger throwout/slave assembly takin' a crap and had em do the rear main as well. When I got home, the rear main started to leak. So I took it back to the shop, and they replaced it. Didnt charge me labor, just for a new, better seal with speedy sleeve. I got off work at 6am after working all night, went and picked the Ranger up, and drove it to Vegas with the plans on looking at a few trucks that I liked. On the way down, I stopped and got some fuel and took a peek under the truck... Oil everywhere! I was po'ed. Thats when I decided the Ranger wasnt going home. Dont get me wrong, it was a decent truck and I enjoyed having it, but it wasnt a Yota. I had a few 05+ Tacos, a couple of Frontiers, and some F150s in mind, but my GF talked me into going with my heart and returning to Toyota, spending a few grand more, and getting a new one.
So a few hours later I was the proud owner of a '13 TRD Offroad DCSB Prerunner. Man she is nice! I got the "Magnetic Grey" and I was stoked cause it is close to the same color as the '90 I once had. I went with the Prerunner 'cause the pro/con for 4x4 didnt pan out for me. I pretty much am back to DD toy transporter status and I dont do as much wheelin' anymore. If I do go off road, its just dirt roads and washes. I liked the Offroad TRD over the Sport cause I at least wanted a little help of a locker if I needed it. Now I have about 2500 on the clock and couldnt be more happy I went back to Toyota. So far I traded out the trash can muffler w/ a Magnaflow. Now sounds just how I like. Other than that I am gonna keep her stock.
If you're curious here's a few pics of the old Ranger and the new Taco.